Obesity Surgery

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 739–743 | Cite as

Psychological Support and Well-being in Post-Bariatric Surgery Patients

  • Ashley Ristanto
  • Marie L. CaltabianoEmail author
Brief Communication


Bariatric surgery research has focused predominantly on weight loss outcomes and complications of surgery in relation to the type of surgical procedure. The psychological impact of having bariatric surgery has received less attention. This study investigated whether patients who receive psychological counselling have better physical and mental well-being post-bariatric surgery. Eighty-eight persons (81 female, 7 male, M age 43.99 years) who had undergone weight loss surgery were recruited from bariatric surgery and obesity online support groups to answer an electronic survey which included the Health Survey Short Form (SF-12) to assess mental and physical well-being. Patients who had attended ≥ 6 counselling sessions after gastric sleeve surgery had better physical well-being, compared to those who attended < 6 sessions. Patients who attended between one and four psychological counselling sessions had significantly higher mental well-being. Psychological support for the mental health needs of obese patients post-surgery requires more attention.


Bariatric surgery Psychological counselling Mental well-being Physical well-being 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval Statement

As this is a retrospective study, for this kind of study, formal consent is not required.

Statement of Informed Consent

Does not apply.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology, College of Healthcare Sciences, Division of Tropical Health and MediicineJames Cook UniversityCairnsAustralia

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